Thom Gorst – Ruins of Empire

Thom Gorst

There are only just a few days left to visit the Thom Gorst exhibition Ruins of Empire that will be on at the Anise Gallery in London till the 31st of March.

The paintings of the exhibition investigate the aesthetic quality of industrial and maritime ruins and have emerged as part of Gorst’s research through practice. Although the canvases portray details of metallic maritime surfaces that are corroded, overpainted or just abandoned they truly emit a sense of authentic, as-found beauty.

I had the pleasure to attend a talk by Thom Gorst a few weeks ago at the Anise Gallery, where he explained his approach to painting maritime ruins. Interestingly Gorst has trained as an architect, which is quite evident in the fact that most of his paintings at the exhibition look like a fragment of a ship’s elevation.

I would highly recommend a visit to the Anise Gallery to view this fantastic Thom Gorst exhibition.

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Kai & Sunny’s Mural on Reception Wall

I was mesmerized by Kai & Sunny’s Migration East mural, which I first saw on It’s Nice That. The 20 x 26 ft mural covers a white wall on London’s St Katharine Docks. Giving a lot of character to the space, this vibrant, soft and dynamic mural is in contrast with the more static, stencil-like graphics that are being frequently used lately to compliment a building’s interior.






source: It’sNiceThat

The Holographic Trend

The latest advancements in holographic materials and applications definitely suggest that the holographic trend is here to stay. Although holograms are futuristic, almost by definition, the sheer, pastel colors that are created by the diffracted light exert a romantic and soft effect.  When holographic materials are used in innovative and creative ways they can create magic! Here are some examples from various disciplines:



The Holographic Cube Building by Hiro Yamagata was originally created for the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and it covered two buildings in holographic panels. The spectacular lighting effect that was created transformed the two buildings into dazzling works of holographic art. (images via: flickr and erickd)



Romanian studio Re-Act, together with architect Mario Kuibus created the interior for this flat, whose design is creating a holographic effect. (image via: designrulz)



From fashion heavy-weight Burberry Prorsum (left) to Hugo Boss (middle) and Jonathan Saunders (right), most fashion houses have celebrated the futuristic-looking holographic trend by using metallic colours and high-sheen fabrics. (images via:



American artist Jen Stark, used holographic paper and acid-free foam board to create this magnificent art piece called “Holographic Square”. (image via:



I find the graphic exploration of the holographic trend intriguing. Perfect example of how impressive and eye catching holography can be when used creatively, are these business cards that were designed by Denis Mallet for the Parisian art merchant Julien Hauchecorne. (images via: plentyofcolour)

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